During your career, you will move between four distinct stages and at each stage you have an opportunity to make a unique contribution. Many people get trapped in one stage and then wonder why they aren’t progressing to greater responsibilities and promotions. Understanding each stage can shed light on where – and why – you’re stuck.
The key is to move quickly through the stages. Your boss and advocates will notice your contributions and naturally want to support you. If you are in Stage 4 and not getting promoted, it is time to carefully consider who are your advocates, and whether they are in high enough positions of power to do you any good.
Advocates are critical at every stage of your career. Stay tuned for a future post about how to find advocates.